Innovation

Innovating so that every young person reaches their full potential. © UNFPA Palestine

Why we innovate

The world is changing rapidly. Now is the time to harness new innovations that can provide breakthrough solutions that deliver sexual and reproductive health for all.

The Sustainable Development Goals (SDGs) recognize innovation as critical to accelerating progress towards global development aspirations. We must embrace innovation to deliver on our three transformative results: to end preventable maternal deaths, end unmet need for family planning, and end violence gender-based violence and all harmful practices, including female genital mutilation and child, early and forced marriage.

How we innovate

UNFPA promotes innovation to improve programming by:

  • creating innovative solutions with partners to address bottlenecks
  • scaling up innovations that have proven to be successful
  • partnering with innovators from the public and private sectors
  • institutionalizing a culture of innovation in UNFPA

The Innovation Fund, sponsored by the Governments of Denmark and Finland, was instrumental in nurturing a culture of innovation across the organization and identifying new innovations and partnerships that improve the lives of women and girls, everywhere.

UNFPA’s innovation projects have included a global crowdsourcing challenge, mobile fund transfers in partnership with the World Food Programme (WFP) in Congo, a hackathon in partnership with Massachusetts Institute of Technology (MIT) in Uganda, and many more.

See more UNFPA Innovation projects below.

Contact us at innovation@unfpa.org for more information.

 

News & Updates on Innovation

M4RH provides accurate information on sexual and reproductive health topics in a private, nonjudgmental way. © Ministry of Health
22 December 2017 SMS tool brings sexual, reproductive health information to Rwanda’s youth
Rwanda’s health system has seen great improvements in recent years, yet one area of health care remains underserved, particularly for young people: sexual and reproductive health.
Girls at a women's education centre in Bihar, India. Child marriage is a serious concern in the state. © UNICEF
13 December 2017 Crashing a wedding, saving a child bride: App helps girl avoid child marriage
When a 13-year-old girl in the remote village of Darbhanga, in India’s Bihar State, overheard her parents planning to marry her off to a 15-year-boy the very next day, she had little hope to stop it.

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